A strange scene will unfold Thursday during the women’s free skate program. ROC’s Kamila Valieva will likely achieve her destiny by winning an Olympic gold medal in women’s figure skating. But if she lands anywhere on the podium, there will be no flower ceremony. There will be no medal ceremony. And the validity of Valieva’s accomplishment will be questioned by many. The event is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. ET on Thursday and will air on USA Network.
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The 15-year-old Russian star holds the world record in the free skate (185.29) and is the heavy favorite to claim gold Thursday. She is in first place and leads fellow ROC skater Anna Shcherbakova by nearly two points after Tuesday’s short program. However, Valieva’s participation is shrouded in controversy after she tested positive for a banned substance prior to these Olympics, something that wasn’t reported until last week.
DraftKings Sportsbook is not offering odds on individual women’s figure skating because most of the field is under the age of 18.